Avon Native Stays Busy Building on Tradition of Navy ‘Seabees’

AVON – A 2012 Avon Central High School graduate now carries forward a 175-year tradition of hardworking U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, or 'Seabees,' as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. According to an outreach post by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Watterworth of Navy Office of Community Outreach, Serena Lorenzo builds and fights with the Navy on the Gulf Coast and around the world as a member of the Navy serving at construction … [Read more...]

SUN VIDEO: Caledonia Ice Fest Carves Warm Memories in Village

CALEDONIA – Sunday's Ice Festival at the Village Inn brought hundreds out to enjoy the cool air, warm marshmallows and amazing ice carving. Jeff Bleier says that he and his wife, as owners of the Caledonia Village Inn, started the festival six years ago and it has only grown. This year, he and his brother put their world-class ice carving skills to the test to make a pyrotechnic ice sculpture of Snoopy and the Red Baron. "We're looking to … [Read more...]

York Judge to Resign While Under Investigation

YORK – Town Judge Walter Purtell has resigned while the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct continues an investigation. York Town Clerk Christine Harris confirmed that the Town received a letter of resignation stating only that Purtell will resign effective March 8. This resignation date means that Purtell is scheduled to take the bench one last time on Monday, Feb. 27. Purtell has retained an attorney to defend himself in the … [Read more...]

Albany Investigates York Judge Purtell’s Conduct on the Bench

YORK – The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is investigating Town Judge Walter Purtell. Purtell has retained an attorney to defend himself in the matter. Such investigations are thorough and long lasting, which indicates that the allegations are from incidents other than the most recent highly publicized decision to close the courtroom to all members of the media for the arraignment of Danielle Allen on felony manslaughter … [Read more...]

East Avon Firefighter Lauren Rothrock Turns 80 and Hasn’t Changed a Bit

AVON – One of East Avon's most experienced firefighters turned 80 this month. The fire department celebrated with former chief and current firefighter Lauren Rothrock, now 80, at their fire hall. "WOW! I haven't seen him in over 30 years! He hasn't changed a bit," posted Richard Hallauer to Facebook. "Congrats Lauren!!!" Rothrock received a plaque for his long and dedicated service. Rothrock has actively served with the East Avon Fire … [Read more...]

Lima’s New Fire Truck Takes Safety to New Heights

LIMA – A new fire truck purchased by the Lima Fire Department will help keep the town and village of Lima and its volunteer firefighters safer than ever. According to Lima Fire Chief Jim Pribanich, the new truck, a 1996 Spartan quint aerial, is a good fit due to its tall ladder and multiple safety features. "We’ve been looking for aerial trucks for, I’d say, a good six months, and Lima is a small community so it’s tough to find a deal that … [Read more...]

Lima Rescue Capitan Passes the Torch after 40 Years of Service

LIMA – Norm Caccamise stepped down as ambulance Rescue Captain after 35 years serving in that position. In a note submitted to the Town Board, Caccamise said that he hopes to provide someone else the opportunity to bring new ideas to drive the ambulance forward. “He’s going to be a big loss,” said Town Supervisor Pete Yendell, who is a Lima firefighter. “He’s held that core together for 35 years and he was a driver medic 5 years before … [Read more...]

Cops Watch 82-Year-Old DWI Suspect Crush Lima Mailboxes


LIMA – New York State Police arrested a Lima resident for DWI after they allegedly saw her car crash into three mailboxes. According to a press release from New York State Police, Laura Leonard, 82, was arrested for misdemeanor Driving while Intoxicated, misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and traffic violations including Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Moving from Lane Unsafely. On Feb. 19 at about 6:20 p.m., a … [Read more...]

Caledonia’s Allen Bailey Tag & Label Rises 3 Spots in International Ranking

CALEDONIA – One of Livingston County's largest manufacturers is still climbing on a national list. According to a press release from Allen-Bailey Tag & Label, Inc., the company climbed from number 341 to 338 in the 2016 Printing Impressions 400 Who’s Who in Printing list. “We are always pleased to earn this industry recognition,” said Gene Tonucci, President of Allen-Bailey Tag & Label. “Our niche in the print industry is very … [Read more...]

Avon’s John Deere Dealership Joins Z&M as LandPro

AVON – Avon's John Deere dealership is now merged with Z&M Ag and Turf to form the largest John Deere dealership in the northeast. Andrew McNamara, Store Manager and Managing Partner at what was formerly Lakeland Equipment, said that the two companies have merged their six locations into 12, which will serve 26 counties. McNamara said that both companies saw a lot of benefit in coming together. As LandPro, they intend to offer better … [Read more...]